A range of ticket prices are available for the Convention on EventBrite – all welcome
COMMON WEAL is organising a major convention on housing set to take place the day before the SNP conference on the 7 October in Glasgow. Tickets are now available on Eventbrite. We break down the key information you need to know about the convention below.
Common Weal is organising a major convention to develop a new vision for housing, communities and places in Scotland. The event will hear from some of Scotland's best thinkers on the issue and is the start of a year-long Common Weal project to develop a credible, coherent agenda to transform housing in Scotland.
The convention will take place the day before the SNP's annual conference, on Saturday 7 October. The convention is open to everyone. It will run from 11am-5pm (registration opens 10.30am).
The convention will take place in the Glasgow University Charles Wilson Building, 1 University Avenue. It is wheelchair accessible.
Speakers include tax expert and political economist Professor Richard Murphy, award winning architect Malcolm Fraser, Common Weal director Robin McAlpine, Glasgow University Urban Studies Professor David Adams and housing academic and architect Sarah Glynn. Full list of speakers and timetable TBC - follow the event page for updates.
We need big answers to the housing crisis which go beyond sound bites about affordability and housebuilding targets. We need a bigger idea about what our homes, communities and places should look like and how to get there.
This project therefore seeks to address the two facets of the housing crisis, equally pervasive: an economic one, with sky-high rents and ever-rising inequality between those with property and those without, and an alienation one, with new housing built without community in mind and the forces of gentrification and under-investment displacing and undermining communities within our built environment.
This twin crisis fused together in the tragedy of Grenfell tower, which if it does not act as a spur to fundamentally change our approach to homes, communities and places nothing will.
The aim is to have good housing with the infrastructure and public amenities that make good communities – then we can give people great homes and great communities in which to make a home.